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This Vitamin D Supplement Mistake Raises Your Death Rate by 2% -- Are You at Risk?

This Vitamin D Supplement Mistake Raises Your Death Rate by 2% -- Are You at Risk?

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  • A meta-analysis of 50 trials looking at mortality rates for “doctor recommended” synthetic vitamin D2 supplements versus natural vitamin D3 shows a six percent risk <i>reduction</i> among those who used D3, compared to a two percent <i>increased</i> risk among those who used D2
  • Research shows vitamin D3 is approximately 87 percent more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does D2. D3 is also converted into its active form 500 percent faster
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels may be one of the most important steps you can take in support of your long-term health. The ideal way to do this is by exposing large amounts of skin to sunlight or a safe tanning bed, but if you need to use an oral supplement, make sure you’re taking vitamin D3
  • The most important factor is your vitamin D serum level, which should ideally be between 50-70 ng/ml. When taking an oral vitamin D supplement, you should take enough to reach and maintain this therapeutic level. As a generic guideline, adults need to take about 8,000 IU’s a day to reach this level

By Dr. Mercola

Drisdol is the synthetic form of vitamin D2; the form of vitamin D typically prescribed by doctors.


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